Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery at a petrol station in Gateshead.

At around 7.45am on Sunday January 26, police received a report of a robbery at the Torq service station on Sunderland Road, Felling.

A man entered the garage, threatened staff with a hand gun, and made off with cash. No one was injured but the staff were left shaken.

The man is described as wearing a blue hooded tracksuit jacket with three stripes down the arm with a white t-shirt underneath, dark trousers or jeans.

Police are also keen to speak to a person who was filling the tyres of a dark Ford Focus at the garage just before the incident happened.

Extra officers are in the area carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance to the community.

Acting Detective Inspector Andy Richardson said: “We are doing all we can to find the person responsible for this robbery. Although no one was injured this is a terrifying ordeal for those involved.

“I urge anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour or know who is responsible to contact police. I would also ask the person who was at the garage before the incident happened to please contact police. I want to stress to this person is not a suspect but could have vital information to help with the investigation.

“We do have extra officers in the area carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance so I also ask anyone with concerns can approach our officers or again contact police on 101.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting log 378 260114, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.